Wizards sign Cartier Martin for rest of the season
The Cartier Affair wasn't going to keep Cartier Martin from sticking with the Wizards. The team signed the 6-foot-6 swingman for the remainder of the season ... um, the final four games. The Wizards made sure that Martin won't follow Alonzo Gee to San Antonio or go back to Des Moines to help the Iowa Energy make a deep run in the NBA Development League playoffs.
Martin's most memorable moment in five games with the Wizards was unwittingly wrestling away a rebound that could've given Andray Blatche his first career triple-double against New Jersey. Nets swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts shot an airball and Martin simply reached out to grab the ball, but Blatche desperately tried to snatch it from him to no avail.
"It was an airball. I wasn't even paying attention to how many boards and points everybody had," said Martin, who apologized to Blatche as the game concluded and pledged to buy him dinner or some clothes.
I dubbed the incident on Twitter, "The Cartier Affair" as a play on the source of his unique name. Martin's mother gave him the name because of a 1984 NBC made-for-TV movie that starred David Hasselhoff, Joan Collins and Telly Savalas. Martin was born 16 days after it debuted.
In limited minutes, Martin has proven to be a decent scorer. After going scoreless in a six-minute debut in his hometown of Houston, Martin has averaged 10 points in his past four games. He scored nine points in just 13 minutes on Wednesday, and Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy singled him out among the Wizards wing players that his team has had difficulty guarding.
Martin's best game, of course, came on Sunday when he scored 16 points -- including a huge fourth-quarter three-pointer against the Nets.
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